Originally Posted by Nords
I gotta interrupt this technical discussion to ask a very basic question:
Is there such a thing as a deck that doesn't require all of this hassle? Why build a deck instead of a concrete-foundation lanai or a gazebo?
Originally Posted by Rambler
I've heard Trex decking doesn't require much if any care (recycled wood and plastic with a littel color added and made into 2x4s IIRC).
I haven't used the artificial wood for any decks or patios or whatever, but I have seen it in use. When we were out at Yellowstone Nat'l Park a few years ago, we went to watch
the old geezer
Old Faithful erupt. They have a deck/viewing platform that has to be about 1/4 mile long (or longer) and about 12' wide, and it's made of the artificial wood 5/4 planking. It looked very nice, and had a wood grain texture to it. No splintering or knot-holes either. As far as getting hot when the sun shines on it.....I'd say maybe slightly more than real wood, but not a lot.
If/when I do a new patio or deck I'll probably use that instead of real wood. I'm tired of the stain routine every few years on stuff. I want simplicity.